Bette Midler’s Fifth Avenue Penthouse Goes on the Market for $50 Million

Bette Midler is selling her longtime family home on the Upper East Side, an airy triplex with lush landscaped gardens, complete with composter and shed, and sweeping vistas of the Central Park reservoir and Midtown skyline.

Ms. Midler, an award-winning entertainer, and her husband, Martin von Haselberg, a performance artist, bought the penthouse at 1125 Fifth Avenue and 94th Street in 1996. The venerable prewar co-op proved a perfect fit: It’s near the school their daughter, Sophie von Haselberg, attended, has a full-time doorman to assure privacy, and is a short drive from the theater district and Carnegie Hall.

But at around 7,000 square feet — and that’s not even counting the additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor space — the apartment is too big for the empty-nester couple, and so they’re placing it back on the market. The asking price is $50 million, according to the listing broker, John Burger of Brown Harris Stevens, with $25,515 in monthly maintenance.

“It’s time for another family to enjoy it,” Ms. Midler said in an email, adding that she and Mr. von Haselberg “consider ourselves die-hard New Yorkers” and plan to downsize into another Manhattan home.

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The penthouse, a combination of two units, occupies the top three floors of the brick-and-limestone building, all of which are connected via curved stairways with brass balusters. (Elevator service is available on the 15th and 16th floors, but not the top floor of the triplex.

After the units were purchased, the interior was remodeled over two years into a comfortable loft-like space by the architect Frederick Fisher and Partners and the exterior was landscaped by Sawyer Berson. “The ceilings were lower,” Ms. Midler said of the previous layout, “the corridors narrower, and many of the rooms were much smaller.”

Today, she said, “it’s like a country house in the city.”

The apartment contains four main bedrooms and six and a half baths, along with a home gym that could be converted into a fifth bedroom. There are also three wood-burning fireplaces.

The en-suite bedrooms, a family room and a windowed laundry room are on the 15th floor. The sprawling master suite has a large dressing room with a fireplace; numerous closets; a small beauty parlor; two steam rooms; and the home gym. One of the two master baths features a Japanese hinoki-wood soaking tub.

The top floor contains a 21-by-18-foot library/music room with another fireplace and a full bath. Built-in shelves houses a sizable collection of vinyl record albums. And then, of course, there’s the rooftop garden.

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